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Preparing Your Application

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Are there any specific requirements for Indian marriages?
What sort of evidence of my relationship do I need to provide?
When do I undertake my medical examination?
How do I obtain police clearance certificates?
When do I obtain my police clearance certificates? 
 

Are there any specific requirements for Indian marriages?

Yes. Your marriage must be registered in accordance with the laws of your State or Territory Government.

Please note that the Hindu Marriage Act requires certain essential ceremonies to have been performed in order for a marriage to be valid.

You should be aware that the visa office assesses the validity of Hindu marriages in the following way:

  1. If a Hindu marriage is performed with all the essential ceremonies the marriage is valid.

  2. If all the essential ceremonies are not performed, registration of the marriage does not in itself make the marriage valid.

  3. There are two essential ceremonies that must be performed in every case; (1) Saptapadi (taking of seven steps jointly by the bride and bridegroom before the sacred fire) and (2) invocation before the Holy Fire.

  4. Depending on the applicant’s specific customs, there may also be other essential ceremonies that must be performed.

  5. When registering the marriage, the Registrar should be provided with evidence of various ceremonies being performed including the two essential ceremonies. Such evidence may be in the form of photographs, oral evidence of witnesses or the priest and a video recording.

  6. Where the two essential ceremonies have not been performed the visa office may request an applicant to prove the validity of their marriage.

  7. Where an applicant is not able to substantiate the validity of their marriage, their application may be refused.

What sort of evidence of my relationship do I need to provide?

You can provide any documentary evidence that helps to show that you are in a genuine and continuing relationship. Types of evidence are listed on the relevant checklist and the Partner Migration booklet:

See: Partner Migration Checklist 

You can also provide:

Documents

  • A separate statement regarding the history of your relationship from you and your sponsor, following the guidelines in the Partner Migration booklet on the department’s website (www.homeaffairs.gov.au).

  • Affidavits from individuals who have personal knowledge of your relationship and support your claim that your relationship is genuine and continuing. Each affidavit should be accompanied by a notarised copy of an identity document with signature of the person making the affidavit, such as a passport.

  • Original letters written to you from the sponsor or from the sponsor to you, plus the envelopes in which they were sent, plus notarised copies of the same.

  • Email correspondence between you and the sponsor for the periods you have lived apart.

  • Itemised phone bills for you and the sponsor for the periods you have lived apart.

  • Chat history if you and the sponsor use internet chat facilities like Yahoo Messenger.

Photographs

  • You are required to submit 4 passport-sized photographs with your application.

  • You should also submit photographs to demonstrate your relationship with your sponsor. However, please do not include more than 20 photographs with your application (excluding the passport-sized photographs requested in the checklist).

  • On the back of each photo write a brief summary including the location and date of the photograph and the events and persons depicted.

Photographs should be chosen by you and your sponsor to provide evidence:

  • that you and your sponsor have met each other and undertake social activities together, for example significant milestones such as birthdays, other weddings and/or holidays.

  • that you and your sponsor have participated in relevant religious and cultural ceremonies relating to marriage and/or engagement. Please include the central ceremony photographs relevant to your customs. Please note that the Hindu Marriage Act requires certain essential ceremonies to have been performed in order for a marriage to be valid.

  • of public and family recognition of the relationship, for example photos of you and your sponsor together with family and friends attending wedding/engagement ceremonies or other functions, other photographic evidence showing that family members have met you and your sponsor.

Photographs submitted with your application will not be returned.

Please do not send photo albums or CDs. 

Please ensure you do include:

  • good quality photocopy of the biodata page of the current passport; and

  • good quality photocopy of any endorsement page or change of name page in the current passport; and

  • For current Indian passports - a good quality photocopy of the back page with information on parents\' names and previous passports.

When do I undertake my medical examination?

Please wait until the New Delhi visa office notifies you before undertaking your medical checks.  This will occur after your application has been allocated to a case officer.

See: eHealth Arrangements

For all applicants, please note that your medical clearance is only valid for a limited amount of time. If there are delays in finalising your application you may be asked to undertake a new medical examination and you would have to bear the cost.

Information for pregnant applicants:

  • It is recommended that you do NOT undergo a chest x-ray. This is because there is a risk that a chest x-ray could harm your unborn child.

  • It is recommended that you defer your chest x-ray until after the birth of your child. In this case, the decision on your visa application will also be deferred.

  • If you are prepared to undergo a chest x-ray, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before arranging your appointment for a chest x-ray and that special precautions are taken. Please see form 160 (available on the department’s website www.homeaffairs.gov.au ) for more details.  

How do I obtain police clearance certificates?

Please read form entitled ‘Character Requirements Penal Clearance Certificates’ carefully and follow the instructions for the relevant country. This form is on the department’s website (www.homeaffairs.gov.au ).

Indian nationals residing in India must obtain a police clearance certificate from the Regional Passport Office.

Police clearance certificates from local police stations are NOT acceptable. If you submit such a clearance, we will have to ask you to provide the correct form of clearance, and this will delay your application.

When do I obtain my police clearance certificates?

You can choose to obtain your police clearance certificates before or after you have submitted your application.

Please note that your police clearance certificates are only valid for a limited amount of time. If there are delays in finalising your application you may be asked to obtain new police clearance certificates and you would have to bear the cost.